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The power of position

If you’ve played poker, especially no-limit Texas Hold ’em, you know about the power of position. When you have position (meaning you’re last to act in the round) you have a big advantage because everyone else has to go before you do, and you get information from them based on what they do (or don’t do). Or to put it the other way, if you don’t have position you have to act first and you don’t know what your opponent is going to do behind you. Position is extremely important in NLHE, but I was thinking recently about how it’s important in many other games too.

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Advanced Pinochle defense tricks

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get too deep into Pinochle here, I just wanted to point out a few neat little tricks you can use to try to beat the declarer. You won’t be able to use these all the time, or even every game, but when the opportunity comes up it’s nice to have them in your bag of tricks. Pun intended!

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 4 – Playing as defender

In previous posts we looked at bidding techniques and playing as the declarer, now we’ll take a look at the basics of how to defend against declarer (we’ll assume here that you’re playing against the declarer which isn’t always the case, but that’s what usually happens).

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 3 – Playing as bidder, example hand 2

In previous posts I talked about bidding and showed an example of how to play a really good hand. This time we’re going to see how to play a marginal hand, one that isn’t such a cinch. Let’s say you’re dealt this hand:

A Q J 9 A♠ 10♠ Q♠ J♠ 9♠ A K J K♣ Q♣ 9♣

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 2 – Playing as bidder, example hand 1

OK, so you’ve read Part 1 and have mastered the art of bidding. And now you’ve taken a bid and need to know how to play it. Fear not, for I will try to impart to you the wisdom of play that my grandparents passed on to me.

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In-depth: Pinochle Pt. 1 – Bidding

Pinochle is one of the few games where I really feel I’m pretty good at it, so I thought it would be a good subject for my second in-depth look at a game. The most important thing to remember here is that when I talk about “Pinochle” I mean Pinochle. Not 4-player, not double deck, not partners, none of that crazy stuff. Pinochle. Meaning 3-player cutthroat. Just wanted to get that straight 🙂

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Crazy awesome hands

Thought it might be fun to talk about some of the best hands I’ve ever had while playing games over the years. These are all pretty rare so they were a lot of fun to catch and fun to remember later too.

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Pro Tips

My idea for this post is to just give some quick tips that will be helpful for various games. I’m writing these assuming you’ve played the game in question, so if you haven’t they probably won’t make much sense, but then again a lot of games are similar, so they might be useful after all. These are meant more for beginning or average players, so if you’re really good at a given game these tips probably won’t be all that helpful.

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Welcome!

Howdy. I’m Dan and I’m apparently on games. Not that I’m sitting on a giant stack of them right now or anything. I don’t generally do that, sit on games, but I do play them a lot. And games is what this little blog is going to be about. And when I say “games” I mean games. Any kind of games: board games, dice games, video games, sports, pool, darts, Magic, and anything else I can get my hands on. This isn’t going to be about reviews and having fun with specific games (see the other blog I’m a part of http://gamechasers.net for that! /shameless plug), it’s going to be more about gaming in general; general strategies for playing games, my insights and experiences, just a general discussion of the topic. I’ve got a lot of ideas to share and I think it will be fun. Hopefully you’ll enjoy reading, and comments are always appreciated!

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